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New Medical Innovations

New Medical Innovations

December 15, 2021
Sanjay Juneja, MD
Sanjay Juneja, MD

Medical Oncology

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One exciting new skin cancer treatment comes from Yale, where researchers have developed an injectable therapy that uses nanoparticles to kill cancer cells. The nanoparticles used in this technology have the ability to bind tumor cells and attack the cancer for a prolonged period of time. The treatment is still in its early stages, and it hasn’t been tested in humans, but it’s shown promising results in the lab. Melanoma, for example, was a very difficult skin cancer to treat once it spread to other places. Then came immune therapy. Fortunately, with immune therapy, when you use dual immunotherapy, it changed the game on how we treated stage four melanoma. Up to 40% of people will respond to dual immunotherapy, even if they have disease head to toe. And when they do respond, they can have a very good response for really up to even a year. So it’s treatments like this and advances that will hopefully continue to improve survival rates, disease control, and quality of life with these skin cancers.